Montana Brewers Conference and Festival This Week in Missoula

The Montana Brewers Conference takes place in Missoula this week, Sept. 28-29, with two days of conference content in advance of the annual Fall Rendezvous brewfest on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Conference content includes a presentation on the Brewers Association Beer Servers Training Manual by Tim Brady of Whetstone Brewing from Battleboro, Vermont, a panel on Montana’s budding craft malting industry, case studies from brewery sustainability efforts around Montana, a discussion on Montana’s university system’s programs to train the next generation of craft brewers, and a Pink Boots Society chapter meeting.

I’ll be participating on a panel of craft beer week organizers discussing lessons learned on how to make a great craft beer week. (Though, frankly, I’m tempted to sneak out to listen in on the craft malting discussion taking place at the same time.)

The conference is open to everyone and full list of content and registration details are available here.

The Fall Rendezvous on Saturday at Missoula’s Caras Park features 115+ beers, all of which are Montana-made with many crafted specifically for the festival. General admission costs $30 at the gate and runs from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  VIP tickets get you in the door at 3:00 p.m. and cost $40 at the gate.  Pre-sale tickets are available here at a $5 discount.

Here’s the beer list, via the Montana Brewers Association:

Bitter Root Brewing, Hamilton
Chai Stout
Local 13 Northwest Pale Ale
Last Cast Black IPA
Single Hop Northwest Pale Ale

Blackfoot River Brewing, Helena
Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Oktoberfest
Double IPA
Oud Bruin Sour Brown Ale

Blacksmith Brewing Company, Stevensville
FRFH-Festival Release Fresh Hop Pale Ale
Wonderlust IPA
Buddy Bräu Pils

Bozeman Brewing Company, Bozeman
Saddle Peak Saison Farmhouse Ale
Plum Street Porter
Hopzone IPA
Bozone Select Amber Ale

Bridger Brewing, Bozeman
Ascentionist Wet Hop IPA
Bridger Brewing Gose

Cabinet Mountain Brewing Co., Libby
HooDoo Hefeweizen
Bullbucker ESB
The Destroyer Belgian Triple

Draught Works Brewery, Missoula
Festival Release TBD
My Ruca American Pale Ale
Blood Orange Gose
Sleepy Joe Coffee IPA
Last Rites Mexican Chocolate Porter

Elk Ridge Brewing Company, Deer Lodge
Black Mountain Black IPA
War Tine Sweet Stout
Cow In Heat Jalapeno Cream Ale
Raghorn Kolsch

Flathead Lake Brewing Company, Bigfork
Mintaka Red Sour Black Currant
Dirty Ginger Belgian Strong Ale
Chateau Aeneas Barleywine
White Cap Ale Session Ale

Great Northern Brewing Company, Whitefish
Frog Hop Fresh Hopped Pale Ale
Oktoberfest
The Cadillac Black IPA
Good Medicine Strong Red Ale

Highlander Beer-Missoula Brewing Co., Missoula
Scottish Winter Ale
Barrel-Aged Imperial Pumpkin Stout
Amazacca IPA

Kalispell Brewing Company, Kalispell
Space Quaker Oatmeal Pale Ale
Two Ski Brewski Pilsner
Cloudcroft IPA
Oktoberfest

Katabatic Brewing Co., Livingston
Katabatic 3rd Year Anniversary Ale Imperial Saison
Wind Problem Imperial Stout
Danger Dance Double IPA
Katabatic Pineapple IPA

Kettlehouse Brewing, Missoula
Hemptoberspliff Octoberfest
NorthWest IPA

Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, Helena
Gates Of The Mountains Marzen
Pompey’s Pilsner
Neighborhood IPA Fresh Hop
Big Belt Weizenbock

Lolo Peak Brewing Company, Lolo
Sun Pillar Double IPA
Double Eagle Scotch Ale

MAP Brewing, Bozeman
Broken Tines Octoberfest
Prayer Flag German Pilsner
Midas Crush West Coast IPA
Buzzed Hippie Coffee Kolsch
80 Chain Stout

Meadowlark Brewing, Sidney
Squashtoberfest Oktoberfest-Style Lager
Nice Marmot Imperial Dunkelwiezen
Peach Wheat
Treasure State Crystal Weizen

Mighty Mo Brewing Company, Great Falls
PB&J Porter
Coconut Brown Ale
Oktoberfest
Lip Ripper IPA

Neptune’s Brewery, Livingston
Shipwreck IPA Session IPA
Black Pepper Saison Saison
Bourbon Barrel Scottish Barrel-Aged
OktoberFest Marzen
Latte Stout Coffee Stout

Outlaw Brewing, Bozeman
Jasmine GreenTea Saison Belgian Saison
Oktoberfest Oktoberfest
The Dirk Scotch Ale
Revolver 5 New England-Style IPA

Philipsburg Brewing Company, Philipsburg
Hot Spot Blood Orange IPA
5 Phantoms Pumpkin Barley Wine
Razzu Raspberry Wheat
Rope Swing Saison

Tamarack Brewing Company, Lakeside
2016 Old Stache Imperial Porter
Headwall Double IPA
The Regulator Double IPA
Sip N’ Go Naked Apricot Ale
Yard Sale Amber Ale

Ten Mile Creek Brewery, Helena
Little Tree IPA
Betelguese IPA
Queen City Pale Ale
No Mine Copper Ale

The Front Brewing Company, Great Falls
Octoberfest
Vanilla Porter Porter
Mountain Man Scotch Ale
Sol Shine Citra Hop IPA

Triple Dog Brewing, Havre
Purple Cream Ale
Aberdeen Scotch Ale
Dumpster Diver Stout
1857 Bohemian Pilsner

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